CAF CL: History offers Moroccan club hope despite home draw
By The Atlas Lions, May 30 2019 09:41PM
Wydad Casablanca are the eighth club to be held 1-1 at home in the first leg of an African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League final, but the Moroccan side need not despair.
Three of the other seven sides who failed to maximise the advantage of playing before their supporters went on to lift the trophy that symbolises African club supremacy.
Famed Egyptian club Al Ahly could only draw the first leg of finals at home to CS Sfaxien and Esperance Tunis 1-1, but secured victories in Tunisia.
Asante Kotoko of Ghana were the other team to defy the odds, overcoming TP Englebert (now TP Mazembe) 2-1 in the Democratic Republic of Congo after the first leg finished 1-1 in Kumasi.
The four sides who failed were Ahly, two seasons ago, Kotoko in an earlier clash with Englebert, and South African outfits Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates.
Here, AFP Sport details how the seven clubs held 1-1 at home in first legs fared in the return matches:
African Cup of Champions Clubs
Asante Kotoko (GHA) v TP Englebert (COD) 1-1 2-2 (Kotoko lost after boycotting play-off)
Asante Kotoko (GHA) v TP Englebert (COD) 1-1 2-1 (Kotoko won 3-2 on aggregate)
CAF Champions League
Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA) v Al Ahly (EGY) 1-1 0-3 (Sundowns lost 4-1 on aggregate)
Al Ahly (EGY) v CS Sfaxien (TUN) 1-1 1-0 (Ahly won 2-1 on aggregate)
Al Ahly (EGY) v Esperance (TUN) 1-1 2-1 (Ahly won 3-2 on aggregate)
Orlando Pirates (RSA) v Al Ahly (EGY) 1-1 0-2 (Pirates lost 3-1 on aggregate)
Al Ahly (EGY) v Wydad Casablanca (MAR) 1-1 0-1 (Ahly lost 2-1 on aggregate)
Note: name and format of competition changed after 1996 season